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Erasmus Darwin’s Zoonomia doesn’t get the popular recognition it deserves. Maybe this won’t bring it to the big time, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Via jtotheizzoe:


Typographical scientific artwork by Dr Stephen Gaeta

  1. Extraocular: Text from Zoonomia, the 1794 masterpiece of Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles), in which he attempted to catalog and explain human anatomy, pathology, and physiology, including the visual system. (SOURCE)
  2. Beat Poetry: Text from the seminal 1809 work of cardiologyCases of the Organic Disease of the Heart, with Dissections and Some Remarks Intended to Point Out the Distinctive Symptoms of These Diseases, by John Collins Warren. In this work, Warren describes the symptoms of 11 of his patients with heart disease as they presented in his office and, later, on his dissecting table. (SOURCE)
  3. Reactant: Text from the The Sceptical Chymist by Robert Boyle (1661), in which he provided the foundations of modern chemistry by proving that matter is comprised of individual atoms. (SOURCE)
  4. Transgenic:  Text from Chromosome 1 of the human genome.

[found by Atavus]

I love these more than you love these. I’ll bet you money.

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Scanned from HR GIGER ARh+. Painted in 1978 for the original Alien.

“Several articles have appeared which tried to explain the derelict, although none is considered canon and none manages to explain what exactly the derelict is” Source.

Well, I guess we know now.

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OK. Wow. I was pretty proud of my sunspot efforts until I saw this. Always good to have something to aim for, I guess.

Via jtotheizzoe:

City of (Sunspot) Lights

Sunspot AR1476 (photographed above over the Eiffel Tower) has been monitored all week, as the Jupiter-sized coronal “active region” has been pointed squarely at Earth, ready to release a wave of magnetic energy in the form of a solar flare or coronal mass ejection. Last night, a CME was detected, racing toward Earth at over 1,000 km/s.

This awesome animation from the Goddard Space Weather Lab demonstrates the forecasted wave and glancing blow we await on Earth (we aren’t in any danger, but satellites may be disrupted):

Above, the sunspot is photographed Thursday evening over the Eiffel Tower by VegaStar Carpentier.


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Should you ever wonder why it was called La Belle Époque, please refer to the above picture.

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The first air show at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. September 30th, 1909. Photographed in Autochrome Lumière by Léon Gimpel.

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Science, design and a nice cup of tea. Simply Heaven.

Via ianbrooks:

Tea Chemistry Set by Art Lebedev

Adorned with a traditional Gzhel pattern, this ceramic chemistry set has been repurposed as a Russian tea set. The best kind of science is the type you can drink.

(via: yankodesign)

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